HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- In January 2010, the Elise Tenberge, the daughter of Euclid Elementary School first grade teacher Laurie Tenberge, passed way from Tay Sachs disease. Each year since then, the faculty and staff at Euclid wear purple and host a dress-down day fundraiser to collect money for the Cure Tay Sachs Foundation.
This year, the faculty and staff, 53 members in total, surprised Tenberge on Friday January 26, the anniversary of Elise’s passing by wearing a purple shirts made in honor of Elise.
The shirts were created by Giovanna Riccobono, owner of GRD Tee’s and Personalized Gifts, and paraprofessional at Euclid School. She donated all the proceeds of the sale of the shirts to the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation.
On February 5, Elise’s birthday, the faculty and staff will again wear the shirts and participate in a dress-down day fundraiser for the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation.
According to the National Institutes of Health, Tay-Sachs disease is a rare inherited disorder that progressively destroys nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord. For further information, the Foundation’s website is http://www.curetay-sachs.org/
(Editor's Note: Courtney Tacinelli contributed to this article.)